Brownell, Tigers preview ACC Tournament

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GAME SETUP

Site: Philips Arena (18,371)

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012

City: Atlanta, GA

Time: 7:00 PM

Radio: Clemson Tiger Sports Properties (Pete Yanity - play-by-play, Tim Bourret - color)

Radio: ESPN Radio (Bill Rosinski - play-by-play, Bob Valvano - color)

TV: ESPNU (Mike Patrick - play-by-play, Len Elmore - color, Jeannine Edwards - sideline)

TV: ACC Network (Tim Brando - play-by-play, Dan Bonner - color, Debbie Antonelli - sideline)

SERIES NOTES

Overall: Virginia Tech leads 13-12

at Clemson: Clemson leads 7-5

at Littlejohn: Clemson leads 7-2

at Virginia Tech: Virginia Tech leads 8-5

at Neutral: None played

First Meeting: Virginia Tech, 27-13, in 1924-25

Last Meeting: Clemson, 58-56, in 2011-12

Streak: Clemson won the last meeting

QUICK FACTS

• Clemson and Virginia Tech face off for the first time ever in the ACC Tournament. The Tigers and Hokies have played 12 times since Tech joined the league in 2004-05, and 10 of the games have been decided by five points or less.

• Both of this year’s games between the two schools were decided by exactly two points, a 67-65 win for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg and a 58-56 win for Clemson at home on Senior Night on March 1.

• Clemson’s Brad BrownellBrad Brownell
Head Coach
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has done well in conference tournaments as a head coach. He has compiled a 16-6 record at UNC Wilmington, Wright State and now Clemson. He took the Tigers to the ACC Tournament semifinals his first season.

• Clemson has a record of 45-35 over the past five ACC regular seasons, the fourth-best winning percentage (.563) among league schools during that time.

Andre YoungAndre Young
Sr. Guard
#11 5-9, 175
Albany, GA

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was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team by the media on Monday. He led the ACC with 1.7 steals per game during the regular season.




Tanner SmithTanner Smith
Sr. Guard
#5 6-5, 210
Alpharetta, GA

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was named to the ACC’s Fan’s Guide All-Defensive Team, a unit selected by the league’s head coaches.

• Smith suffered a head injury after a hard fall to the floor in the second half of the Florida State game on March 4, and is listed as questionable as of Tuesday.

• Smith needs just 26 points to reach 1,000 for his career.

Devin BookerDevin Booker
Jr. Forward
#31 6-8, 245
Whitmire, SC

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posted his fifth double-double of the season in Sunday’s loss at Florida State and has led or tied for the team lead in rebounding in 11 of the last 14 games.

• Freshmen Devin ColemanDevin Coleman
Fr. Guard
#15 6-2, 200
Philadelphia, PA

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and K.J. McDanielsK.J. McDaniels
Fr. Guard
#32 6-5, 190
Birmingham, AL

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combined for 25 points in Clemson’s most recent game, at Florida State. McDaniels posted a season-high 16, while Coleman scored all nine of his points in the second half.

• Coleman scored just two points in 14 non-conference games, but scored 40 while playing in 13 ACC regular season games.

• Six Clemson players have experience in the ACC Tournament. Milton JenningsMilton Jennings
Jr. Forward
#24 6-9, 225
Summerville, SC

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owns the top scoring average at 8.7 points per game among the six players with tournament experience.

• Former Tiger center Sharone WrightSharone Wright
Center
#34 6-11, 260
Macon, GA

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, a member of the school’s all-time team, will be Clemson’s ACC legend for the tournament this week. He will be honored with the other school legends during the semifinals Saturday.


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